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June 12, 2017: One Year Later Orlando and the LGBT Community Remembers The PULSE Massacre Victims

Today, June 12th, marks the  anniversary of the terror attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub,. It had been a year since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history stole 49 lives there and scarred countless others.  For 12 years, the club grew into an integral space for the gay community, one shattered within a matter of minutes by a terrorist with a gun.

At 2:02 a.m., this morning at they exact the time on June 12th, 2016 when the attack began, the names of those killed in the shooting were read aloud, with the family members of some victims on hand to say their names, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The nightclub also held a private ceremony for family members while mourners – including dozens of people dressed as “angels” – stood outside.  By the end of the night, more than 1,000 people had gathered to remember what happened last June, when Orlando became the first U.S. city of the summer — before Falcon Heights, Minn., and Baton Rouge and Dallas — to be upended by gun violence.

An event called Orlando Love: Remembering Our Angels is also set for the Lake Eola Park Amphitheater at 7 p.m. and will feature musical performances and remarks by community leaders.

Please take a moment to remember the victims and morn the loos of our brothers and sisters.

EDWARD SOTOMAYOR JR.
STANLEY ALMODOVAR III
LUIS OMAR OCASIO-CAPO
JUAN RAMON GUERRERO
LUIS S. VIELMA
ERIC IVAN ORTIZ-RIVERA
PETER O. GONZALEZ-CRUZ
KIMBERLY MORRIS
EDDIE JAMOLDROY JUSTICE
DARRYL ROMAN BURT II
DEONKA DEIDRA DRAYTON
ALEJANDRO BARRIOS MARTINEZ
ANTHONY LUIS LAUREANO DISLA
JEAN CARLOS MENDEZ PEREZ
FRANKY JIMMY DEJESUS VELAZQUEZ
AMANDA ALVEAR
MARTIN BENITEZ TORRES
LUIS DANIEL WILSON-LEON
MERCEDEZ MARISOL FLORES
XAVIER EMMANUEL SERRANO ROSADO
ENRIQUE RIOS
GILBERTO RAMON SILVA MENENDEZ
SIMON ADRIAN CARRILLO FERNANDEZ
OSCAR A ARACENA-MONTERO
MIGUEL ANGEL HONORATO
JAVIER JORGE-REYES
JONATHAN A. CAMUY VEGA
JOEL RAYON PANIAGUA
JASON BENJAMIN JOSAPHAT
CORY JAMES CONNELL
JUAN P. RIVERA VELAZQUEZ
LUIS DANIEL CONDE
SHANE EVAN TOMLINSON
JUAN CHEVEZ-MARTINEZ
JERALD ARTHUR WRIGHT
LEROY VALENTIN FERNANDEZ
TEVIN EUGENE CROSBY
JEAN C. NIEVES RODRIGUEZ
RODOLFO AYALA-AYALA
BRENDA LEE MARQUEZ MCCOOL
YILMARY RODRIGUEZ SOLIVAN
CHRISTOPHER ANDREW LEINONEN
ANGEL L. CANDELARIO-PADRO
FRANK HERNANDEZ
PAUL TERRELL HENRY
ANTONIO DAVON BROWN
CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH SANFELIZ
AKYRA MONET MURRAY
GERALDO A. ORTIZ-JIMENEZ
 

 

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  1. Of the four times Muslims have tried to mass murder gays in the U.S., this was sadly the only one that really wasn’t foiled.

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